Team of the week – Match day 6

Jens Keller has finally managed to pull out his head from under the guillotine after Schalke’s 30th win in the Bundesliga against their arch rivals Borussia Dortmund. Wolfsburg and Stuttgart are finally finding their form, while Bayern slowly change from third into fourth gear(on their seven speed gear box). The two biggest clubs from Northern-Germany are in dire form at the moment, and therefore it won’t come as a surprise that none of Werder’s or HSV’s players have made it into our team of the week.

Goalkeeper

Timo Horn – The fact that Bayern crushed the Billy Goats didn’t come as a surprise to most followers of the Bundesliga, however, the reason for the score staying at honourable 2-0 loss for Köln was their young goalkeeper’s great performances against the Bavarians. At the end of the match Horn had saved 7 shots that were set for a goal.

Defence

Joel Matip – The Schalke defender was strong in the air winning 80% of his areal duels. Most importantly he even managed to get away from his marker, none other than World Champions Mats Hummels, to score the important opener of the match. A good performance through and through.

Ricardo Rodriguez – At the moment there is not a single left back(or right back for that matter) who is as dangerous going forward as the Swiss international. In the game against Werder Rodriguez scored once again(his third of the season) and he put in a decent shift at the back as well, winning 100% of his tackles.

Niklas Süle – 4 interceptions and 7 clearances, the youngster was alongside his goalkeeper Oliver Baumann the best player of the Hoffenheim defence during their 0-0 draw against 1. FSV Mainz 05. Both of these players deserve a lot of the credit for Die Hoffe being able to keep out the 05’ers.

Daniel Schwaab – Armin Veh’s team have seemingly found their form after the Stuttgart board decided to fire Fredi Bobic. Daniel Schwaab is certainly amongst those players who have started to impress. In the match against Hannover the defender ended his run as the player with the longest goal draught in the league, scoring his first – and more importantly the matches only – goal in his 134th appearance in the league.

Midfield

Xabi Alonso – 204 touches of the ball, a passing accuracy of 89% and a running distance of 11.43 kilometres – Yes, the Spaniard had another impressive match for the record champions showing why Guardiola and Bayern wanted him to be part of their team despite his age.

Eric-Maxim Choupo Moting – The Dortmund defence struggled to get a grip on the Cameroonian winger during the crucially opening minutes of the Revierderby. Choupo Moting’s 2-0 goal came after a horrific clearance by Adrian Ramos, but once again the player deserves credit for being at the right place at the right time. There is no doubt that this free transfer can be called Horst Heldt’s best transfer during the summer transfer window if one takes a closer look at how the different signings have performed so far this season.

Mario Götze – The German international had 1 goal and an assist at the end of the match, but it could have been more. Götze was a menace for most of the match, showing some of greatest qualities throughout the 90 minutes. Miso Brecko is probably happy that he won’t have to face him again in the near future.

Josuha Guilavogui – 8 interceptions, 2 clearances and 100% of all tackles won, the Atletico player who is currently on loan at Wolfsburg did certainly have a very busy game in holding midfield together with his partner Luiz Gustavo. Many of Bremen’s attacks were thwarted by the big and imposing Guilavogui, who had a great game for the Wolves from start to finish.

Strikers

Raffael – The striker has had a sublime start to the season and once again the Brazilian managed to get on the score sheet for the Foals. Borussia Mönchengladbach haven’t lost any of their first six matches of the season, that hasn’t happened since the 1975/76 season. The 29-year-old has certainly been an important part of Borussia’s development over the last year.

Haris Seferovic – Whenever given the chance Seferovic seems to take it. Against HSV the Eintracht player took advantage of the poor defending by Hamburg’s back four to slot home the first goal of the match. All in all a great start to the season for the former Fiorentina player, who has already 3 goals to his name this season.

Honourable mentions: Arjen Robben, Christian Gentner, Nicolai Müller, Ron Robert Zieler, Patrick Herrmann, Marnon Busch, David Alaba, Roman Bürki, Oliver Baumann

Goal of the week

Lucas Piazon’s last minute winner against HSV was simply sublime. Furthermore, it was also the Eagles first free kick goal since November 2nd 2013.

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Niklas Wildhagen

Niklas is a 32-year-old football writer and podcaster who has been following the Bundesliga and German football since the early 90s. You can follow him on Twitter, @normusings, and listen to his opinions on @TalkingFussball.

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